Ranikhet is a lovely cantonment town in the Almora district of north Indian state of Uttarakhand. It’s an ideal retreat to relish the calm settings and scenic splendor of nature to do away with the fatigue-induced shackles of the urban chaos and jumble. Blessed with superlative scenic grandeur, the place is truly remarkable for offering stunning views of the magnificent Himalayas against the backdrop of blossoming gardens.
Enveloping a salubrious and wholesome weather right through the years, the fame of Ranikhet emerged in 1869 when the British Army made it the control center for its Kumaon regiment. The colonial association is unmistakably visible in the architecture of some old buildings here. The real charm or identity of this place however is due to its fascinating settings of thick forests of oak, pine and deodar.
Tourist attractions in Ranikhet are a genuine testament of the longevity and likeability of old-world charms and laidback temperament. Refined churches and sprawling bungalows are a symbol of the colonial pomp where flower-festooned gardens lending it a signature charm. A gentle stroll around the town and its relaxing surroundings is one of favorite pastimes here alongside marveling at the pleasing sight of the majestic Himalayan peak of Nanda Devi.
The 400-year-old Jhula Temple is a key religious attraction in Ranikhet, coupled with the Kali Devi temple. A trip to the Chaubatia Orchard would surely delight for its richness of flora and fruit. Visit the artificial lake site of Bhaludham, which is an ideal site for picnic. Go to Upat Kalika to be in awe of snow-laden peaks of the Himalaya, together with relishing a 9-hole golf course.
The cultural essence of Ranikhet is displayed in the Nanda Devi Mela, organized in the month of September. The colossal artificial lake of Rani Jheel is one of prime attractions here. Other noteworthy places not to miss here include Hairakhan Dham, Mankameshwar Temple, Majhkhali, Bhalu Dam, Cantonment Aashiyana Park, Sunset Points and Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum and Memorial. In overall, come to Ranikhet to savor the nature’s blessing in abundance.
The nearest airport from is Pantnagar Airport at 120 km away that has regular domestic flights to key destinations of India.
The nearest railhead is Kathgodam , 80 km away where trains are available to key places. Buses and cabs are available to reach to and fro the station.
A good network of road links Ranikhet to rest of India. Buses, taxis and cabs are available for key cities.